How do you get snappy performance for a site when you’re not spending very much on hosting? How much hardware can your hosting provider throw at your blog when you’re paying $5 to $6 per month?
There are two WordPress plugins what will vastly improve the performance of your site, W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache. Both take a bit out of the most expensive part of the WordPress performance cycle, building a page. A typical WordPress page requires dozens of database queries. As content is retrieved from the database, it’s wrapped in HTML, merged with CSS, compressed, minified, and ultimately delivered the the reader’s browser. And, most of the time, that page is exactly what was delivered the time before, and the time before that.
These plugins work by doing all that work just once and storing the result as a file. If you ask for a page, the caching plugin jumps in serves you the static copy. If your browser has already been served the page, it just sends a code “304” – you’ve already go it, so use your copy.
Either plugin will give you impressive results.
Make sure you use a caching plugin to get the best performance from your WordPress site.